Burlingame Ditch engineer, Valley resident, come to life

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Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, will have two Living History performances this weekend.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Andrew Pambrun tells a story of immigrants in the Walla Walla Valley during the middle 1800s.

The Pambrun family has lived in this region since the early 1800s, and Andrew was part of the second generation. His father, Pierre, was manager of the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Walla Walla in the 1830s and was present when Marcus and Narcissa Whitman first arrived.

Andrew attended schools in Vancouver and back east, but decided that the Walla Walla Valley region was where he wanted to raise a family.

He was involved in the treaty negotiations of 1855 and also served as a Walla Walla County Commissioner.

Pambrun's family heritage traces itself to the M?©tis, a group of people with ties to both European (primarily French-Canadian) and Indian cultures. Andrew Pambrun is portrayed by his great grandson, Sam Pambrun.

Following a 1:30 p.m. performance by the Museum's Oregon Trail Band on Sunday, Judith Fortney portrays her great-great grandmother, Suzanne Cayouse Dauphin, at 2 p.m. at the pioneer village.

Suzanne was born in 1825 in Cayuse lands. In 1840 she married Mathieu Dauphin, a free trapper of St. Louis. Mathieu and Suzanne traveled to Fort Hall in Utah Territory (near present day Pocatello, Idaho). The first two of their seven children were born there.

They then moved to California and Oregon before finally homesteading near Frenchtown, west of Walla Walla. Their 160-acre donation claim encompassed the present town of Lowden.

Mathieu died in 1867 and was buried north of the family home on their land claim. Upon his death, Suzanne became one of the first American Indian land title holders in the Northwest. Suzanne died in 1876 and was buried in St. Rose of Lima cemetery at Frenchtown.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to members and children under 6, $3 for children ages 6-12, $6 for seniors 62 and older and students and $7 general admission. Membership includes free admission to more than 40 Living History performances and other benefits, beginning at $25. For more information, call Fort Walla Walla Museum at 525-7703.

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